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July 2010: What are you reading?

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enelya
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Post by enelya » Thu July 15th, 2010, 8:18 am

I am about halfway with Conquest by Juliet Barker. I like it a lot, well written, good overview. Plus it is nice to read something that isn't just about the battles but shows the bigger picture as well

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Post by Tanzanite » Fri July 16th, 2010, 12:34 am

Finished The French Blue (enjoyed it very much) and plan on starting Holland's The Secret Eleanor

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Post by Telynor » Fri July 16th, 2010, 5:07 am

Finished up Tongues of Serpents today, and found it to be not too bad, if not my favourite so far of the series. Not sure what's next in the heap -- probably something a bit lighter, or I could really go off the deep end and read either The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim or Empire of the Summer Moon.

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Post by Nefret » Fri July 16th, 2010, 5:28 am

[quote=""enelya""]I am about halfway with Conquest by Juliet Barker. I like it a lot, well written, good overview. Plus it is nice to read something that isn't just about the battles but shows the bigger picture as well[/quote]

I'm going to have to track that down soon.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri July 16th, 2010, 6:20 am

I've finished "Jewels: A Secret History" by Victoria Finlay (404pgs, 2007). Part travel log, part history of gem stones (amber, jet, pearl, opal, peridot, emerald, sapphire, ruby & diamond), entirely fascinating. Highly recommend.

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Post by Amanda » Fri July 16th, 2010, 8:53 am

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]I've finished "Jewels: A Secret History" by Victoria Finlay (404pgs, 2007). Part travel log, part history of gem stones (amber, jet, pearl, opal, peridot, emerald, sapphire, ruby & diamond), entirely fascinating. Highly recommend.

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I have looked at that one a few times. She also did a similar book about colours and dyes.

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Fri July 16th, 2010, 10:43 am

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]I've finished "Jewels: A Secret History" by Victoria Finlay (404pgs, 2007). Part travel log, part history of gem stones (amber, jet, pearl, opal, peridot, emerald, sapphire, ruby & diamond), entirely fascinating. Highly recommend.

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I've pondered her books too. Good to know it's good.

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Post by Libby » Fri July 16th, 2010, 11:43 am

[quote=""enelya""]I am about halfway with Conquest by Juliet Barker. I like it a lot, well written, good overview. Plus it is nice to read something that isn't just about the battles but shows the bigger picture as well[/quote]

I enjoyed that. I think that books about battles written from a female perspective often contain a more personal aspect. I also very much enjoyed her previous book: Agincourt. It really brought the background and the battle to life and her research is impeccable. I also have her book about The Tournament in England 1100 - 1400 that she wrote for her Ph.D. - though she's often only known for her work on the Brontes.
By Loyalty Bound - the story of the mistress of Richard III.

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Post by Ludmilla » Fri July 16th, 2010, 12:50 pm

Just started Alan Furst's new WII novel, Spies of the Balkans. This will be the first book of his that I've tried.

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Post by Brenna » Fri July 16th, 2010, 1:04 pm

I'm finally reading "Pope Joan" by Donna Woolfolk Cross. It has been on my TBR list for over a year! I love it thus far.
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